Task management

The following task management features are available in Project Online.

Looking for information about all Project Online features? See the Project Online service description.

Active and inactive tasks

When you inactivate a task, it stays in the project plan but does not affect the following: resource availability, the project schedule, or how other tasks are scheduled. Learn more about inactivating a task.


Get suggestions for task or resource names as you type.

Automatic scheduling

Use Auto Schedule mode to schedule your tasks automatically. Learn more about how Project schedules tasks.

Calendar date extended to 2149

Project tasks can now use calendar dates up to 2149.

Cross-project critical path

A critical path is the series of tasks that must be completed on schedule for a project to finish on schedule. You can create, edit, and delete a dependency relationship with a task in another project.

Task inspector

View factors that affect the scheduling of a task, such as a changed start date or error messages.

Task path analysis

See how one task connects to other tasks by highlighting its task path throughout the project. Learn more about highlighting how tasks link to other tasks.

Top-down summary tasks

Create a resource assignment on a summary task. Learn more about top-down planning.

Update progress

Update the progress on a task to show percent completed.

User-controlled and manual scheduling

Use Manually Schedule mode to schedule tasks manually. See How Project schedules tasks.

Feature availability

To view feature availability across plans, standalone options, and on-premises solutions, see Project Online service description.